and not as part of any group. allentown's police chief says it's shootings like the one in philadelphia that keep him up at night at the thought of it happening here. as wfmz's jaciel cordoba reports, chief morris and his officers are taking action to open up communication between police and the community through a series of town hall meetings. i'm you 20 years ago. >>reporter: police detective luiz garcia can identify with the struggles kids in this room are facing because he was one of them. he along with many officers here grew up in allentown. and he hopes spending some time here will change perceptions some kids have of police .>> stephanie miller/student: i think it's needed because we need to see both, the perspective from both sides.>>reporter: and it's working.>>cj richardson/student: i see things i've never seen before and heard things about cops . >>reporter: through reverse role playing... selfie...worldstar>>reporter: ...and by asking questions, police say misperceptions these middle and high school students get from social media and the news can change.>>luiz garcia/apd detective: some of that is true we do have issues we're working on it, none of us are perfect but we can influence them in a positive way that not everybody is doing it.>>reporter: last night's ambush shooting in philadelphia weighs heavy on these officers and the police chief.>>keith morris/allentown police chief: that's why we're here today with the hope of changing perceptions and maybe these things won't happen as much anymore. >>jaciel cordoba: this is the second town hall between the community and police. but it's the first one to 3 feature youth. chief morris says there will be more to come. in allentown, jaciel cordoba, 69